Robert Clair Bovee, age 91, passed away Thursday, November 15, 2012 in Kenmore, Washington on Thursday, November 15, 2012.
Born March 18, 1921 in Arlington, Washington, he attended college on an academic scholarship at Central Washington College of Education in Ellensburg. He wed his college sweetheart, Mary Josephine Franck on July 10, 1942, and their marriage lasted 70 years, until his death. Robert’s education was sidelined by a brief residence and employment in California, and then a career of over 40 years in various departments at Boeing Aerospace Company in Seattle. In 1963, Robert earned a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration at the University of Washington, Seattle.
He was an avid outdoorsman, hobbyist, farmer, genealogist, and philosopher. Above all, he cherished his family, and was deeply concerned for the welfare and future of humankind.
Robert is survived by his wife, Mary Bovee, of Kenmore; son, James Bovee, of Renton; daughter, JoAnne (Frank) Migliore, of Kenmore; son, Robert (Joan) Bovee, of Bothell; daughter, Therese Bovee (Craig) McKelvey, of Monroe; fourteen grandchildren; and twenty-three great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Claude Bovee and Irma Holmberg; his stepfather, Fred Holmberg; and his brother, Harley Bovee.
A brief ceremony and interment will be observed at 11:00 AM, on Saturday, January 5, 2013 at Arlington Municipal Cemetery, 20310 67th Ave NW, Arlington, Washington, with reception information to follow.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are welcome in Robert’s name at Global Solutions Action Network, Memorial Gift Program, 420 7th St. SE, Washington, DC 20003.